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I currently have most of my helmets on top of my gun safe. The safe is in the basement with humidity and heat/air control. I have plastic loosely draped over the helmets for dust and sunlight protection. Some of the helmets have covers, others do not and some are just liners (WWII through current).

 

The plastic basically distorts a clear view of the helmets. Any reason I shouldn't loosely cover (drape) the helmets with Saran Wrap or something similar? I'm hoping the Saran Wrap would allow the helmets to be more clearly seen than the plastic I use now.

 

Any comments on Saran Wrap and/or other ideas greatly appreciated.

 

TIA

 

Ken


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Not sure how much dust and/or sunlight your basement gets, but I personally wouldn't use semi-adhesive Saran wrap. I think getting that stuff off would be worse than a little dust.


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Museum guy here-don't use any plastic with PVCs in it. They off-gas and break down (get sticky, leave a residue) over time. You're better off using polypropelene, polyethelene, or in this case archival polyester film (PET-brand name Mylar).

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As mentioned, get rid of the plastic, it'll do more harm than good. I think you may be over thinking this. I would not bother to cover them. These are not rare vases or brittle canvas paintings. These are made of Hadfield Manganese steel... meant to stop a .45 round. A bit of dust will not be your enemy here. Your greatest concern would be moisture. If you got that taken care of, your good.


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THANKS!

 

I appreciate all the insight.

 

Ken


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Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less."

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Because I keep my helmets on foam heads, I was told by another collector on USMF not to let the foam contact the leather or cloth of the liner, so I give each foam head a "do-rag" with clean cotton from a fabric store.

Didn't wash first, but now wondering if the sizing chemical in the cotton should be washed out first?

 

I pin do-rags directly into the foam with stainless steel tailor's pins and try to fold the do rag over the head of the pin.

 

My US tanker helmet has a do-rag with side pieces that go down the sides behind the ear mike flaps.

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Be very leery of plastic....I saw someone leave a plastic bag on top of a m35 .....moisture collected under the bag and caused a rust spot and that was in a constant 62 degrees 50% humidity.


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Because I keep my helmets on foam heads, I was told by another collector on USMF not to let the foam contact the leather or cloth of the liner, so I give each foam head a "do-rag" with clean cotton from a fabric store.

Didn't wash first, but now wondering if the sizing chemical in the cotton should be washed out first?

 

I pin do-rags directly into the foam with stainless steel tailor's pins and try to fold the do rag over the head of the pin.

 

My US tanker helmet has a do-rag with side pieces that go down the sides behind the ear mike flaps.

 

I do a similar thing but with older (worn and laundered) white t-shirts, especially the white Styrofoam heads from China which seem to be of an inferior quality to the older flesh-tones heads. I also did a thread on cheap support bases for these heads to prevent helmets from toppling over and falling off the shelf.

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/331344-my-simple-solution-for-wobbly-styrofoam-heads-on-display/?hl=%2Bsolution+%2Bheads


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I had the idea of painting (brushing on, not spray paint because the propellant will destroy the styrofoam) the styrofoam heads with Kilz to spare myself the hassle of creating do-rags for each, and then could again paint to give them a more natural look.

 

Is Kilz neutral?

Would VO-neutral paint -- again brushed on -- be an issue with the leather headbands?

 

Or am i just being lazy -- but I do dislike the death white color of styrofoam. And, yes, there are better heads out there, but at this point, I have about 10 WWII helmets and would rather spend money on gear than heads..

 

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